Tested positive for the coronavirus for the second time since the start of the year, Marco Verratti has withdrawn from the Champions League quarter-final first leg scheduled for Wednesday evening against Bayern Munich (exclusively on RMC Sport 1).
Parisian supporters have been wondering so far if Marco Verratti will fully recover from his contusion to his left thigh. The coronavirus brutally settled the matter. Paris Saint-Germain announced Friday night that the 28-year-old Italian midfielder has tested positive for coronavirus.
This hard blow deprives him not only of the shock against Losc for the Ligue 1 title race on Saturday afternoon (5 p.m.), but also of the Champions League quarter-final first leg scheduled for Wednesday evening on the lawn of Bayern Munich ( exclusively on RMC Sport 1).
As specified by the club in the capital, Marco Verratti “will therefore respect isolation and is subject to the appropriate health protocol”. After a positive screening, seven days of quarantine are to be accomplished. A negative test must then be produced for the return to training and competition to be authorized. At best, the player will resume training on Sunday 11 or Monday 12 April, the day before the return against the Bavarians, scheduled for 13 April.
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Several cases in the Italian selection
Due to his left thigh injury, Marco Verratti had returned prematurely from the rally with the Italian national team. However, it turns out that an epidemic outbreak has broken out in the Nazionale. Just after the end of the international break, defender Leonardo Bonucci and several people in the management of the selection tested positive for the coronavirus. Among the members of the staff, one of them had already returned to Italy at the beginning of the week because of a sore throat. The other three had been placed in solitary confinement.
This is the second time since the start of the year that Marco Verratti has been affected by the coronavirus. He had already had to be placed in solitary confinement after a positive test in January, at the same time as Abdou Diallo.
It is therefore a new headache for Mauricio Pochettino, who is also deprived of Leandro Paredes (suspended for accumulated yellow cards) against Bayern Munich. The Argentine coach also has to deal with a calf muscle problem for Danilo Pereira, but also to manage the return from injury of Neymar, who had only been able to play a few minutes against OL before the cut.